LEVIN FAMILY HEALTH - Open 1st August 2023

Vaccinations & Infusions

Vaccinations and infusions play a crucial role in promoting health and well-being. This following highlights the importance of two specific interventions: Zostavax and Iron Infusions.

  1. Zostavax: Zostavax is a vaccine used to prevent herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles. Shingles is a painful viral infection caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. Zostavax vaccination reduces the risk of developing shingles and its associated complications, such as post-herpetic neuralgia. It is particularly important for individuals aged 50 and older, as they are at higher risk. By preventing shingles, Zostavax vaccinations promote a better quality of life and reduce the burden of illness. The shingles vaccine, Zostavax, is free for people who are 65 years old and from 2020, it is also free for people aged 66 to 80. (please refer to our clinical team for clarification as there have been some changes in funding for this medication).

  2. Iron Infusions: Iron infusions are administered to individuals with iron deficiency or iron-deficiency anemia. Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. When iron levels are low, individuals may experience fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, and other symptoms. Iron infusions help replenish iron stores, improving energy levels, and reducing the impact of anemia on daily life. They are particularly beneficial for individuals who do not respond well to oral iron supplementation or have conditions that limit iron absorption.

Vaccinations like Zostavax prevent shingles and its complications, while Iron Infusions address iron deficiency and anemia, improving overall health and well-being. These interventions are vital in preventing diseases, reducing symptoms, and enhancing quality of life for individuals who receive them. It is important for us hear at Levin Family Health to promote and prioritize the administration of Zostavax vaccinations and Iron Infusions to ensure optimal health outcomes for patients.

Travel vaccines include health risks, various countries have different recommendations of the types of vaccines you should be taking for your trips overseas. it is recommended you familiarise yourself with the current risks in these countries you are visiting

For those planning overseas trips, Levin Family Health would like to refer you to visit the website of the Ministry of Health, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organisation, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk or www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk or Vaccines & international travel | Health Navigator NZ https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/medicines/v/vaccines-international-travel/ for more information.